Your Empress of Information Says…Beware the Books of March!

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by Marilee A. Cogswell
Manager, Burien Library

‘It’s not the answer that enlightens, but the question’

– Eugene Ionesco Decouvertes

King County Library System is sponsoring a year long program called “A Place at the Table: Inspiring Cooks. Nourishing Communities.” Libraries throughout the county will have special programs and events all year long around this theme.

To help everyone find “A Place at the Table,” KCLS is accepting nonperishable food that will be distributed to 45 local food banks from March through December of 2013. Look for the bin in the lobby of all KCLS libraries. Please consider donating items such as canned foods, dried pasta, grains, baking mixes and more. In keeping with food safety guidelines, homemade food, open packages or anything in a glass container is not accepted.

Visit for a full listing of all the programs and events

Programs @ Burien Library:

  • Dr. Seuss Birthday Party
    Wednesday, March 13th 3:30pm
    Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 109th Birthday!
    Ages 4 and older
  • AARP Tax Help
    March 9, 16, 23 & 30 10am-4pm
    March 7, 14, 21 & 28 2p,-6pm
  • A Place at the Table program:
    Dining at Downton Abbey: Trial by Fork
    Sunday March 24 2pm
    Food historian Tames Alan brings fine dining ‘Downton Abbey’ style to life!
    Everyone who enjoys Downton Abbey is welcome

Study Zone – Free Homework help from trained volunteer tutors:

  • Boulevard Park Library
    Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays beginning at 6pm
  • Burien Library
    Tuesdays & Thursdays beginning at 3:30pm
    Wednesdays beginning at 5:30pm
  • White Center Library
    Tuesdays & Thursdays beginning at 6pm
    Wednesdays beginning at 3pm

Come and Get It Done:

Free Computer classes are offered each month at our libraries

Call for dates & times or register online:

  • Burien Library 206.243.3490
  • Boulevard Park Library 206.242.8662
  • White Center Library 206.243.0233

Book Review: ‘Started Early, Took My Dog’ by Kate Atkinson

A delightful and quirky little mystery!

Semi-retired PI Jackson Brodie is investigating family-of-origin information for his client who was born in England but grew up in an adoptive family in Australia.

Seems simple enough.

However, the story develops around several characters who seemingly have nothing to do with the case, or each other for that matter.

To begin with, PI Jackson Brodie early in the story disrupts a man abusing a dog who Jackson rescues and subsequently keeps.  Throughout the story Jackson can be found musing to the dog about his life and the odd turn this case seems to be taking.  A

tkinson has a wonderful talent for enlivening her characters with dimensional believability and a certain sweetness that makes the reader care what happens to them.  Take Matilda Squires (Tillie), an aging actress in the first stages of dementia. Tillie’s rambling mind and actions are rather unbearable to witness, however, through Tillie we come to see what it would really be like to actually have a failing memory.

Then there’s Tracy Waterhouse, a recently retired police superintendant with many regrets. Tracy never married, never had children and sometimes did things during her professional career that did not feel right.

In the end Tracy and Tillie both get a second chance to ‘do the right thing’.

A very uplifting and thoughtful read!

Until next time…see you in the stacks!

– Marilee A. Cogswell

Marilee A. Cogswell is the Manager of the Burien Library.

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